Spending surplus wealth in charity is better than hoarding it

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What is the reference for this narration and can it be quoted?

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “O son of Adam, it is better for you if you spend your surplus [wealth over and above your needs]. Withholding it is evil for you. There is no reproach for you [if you withhold that amount] necessary for a living.”



Imam Muslim (rahimahullah) has recorded this as part of a longer Hadith on the authority of Sayyiduna Abu Umamah (radiyallahu ‘anhu). The Hadith is therefore authentic and may be quoted.

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 1036)


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.


Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala


Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar


التخريج من المصادر العربية

صحيح مسلم (١٠٣٦): حدثنا نصر بن علي الجهضمي، وزهير بن حرب، وعبد بن حميد، قالوا: حدثنا عمر بن يونس، حدثنا عكرمة بن عمار، حدثنا شداد، قال: سمعت أبا أمامة، قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: «يا ابن آدم إنك أن تبذل الفضل خير لك، وأن تمسكه شر لك، ولا تلام على كفاف، وابدأ بمن تعول، واليد العليا خير من اليد السفلى».

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